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WWII training plane with long Montana history headed for flying museum

WWII training plane with long Montana history headed for flying museum

CORVALLIS — They came from Houston; and Iron Mountain, Mich.; Jessup, Pa.; and Hollywood.

December 07, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Missile Site

Missile Site

Craig Johnson stands outside one of the three Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile launch buildings on his property Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 east of Cheyenne. Atlas Missile Site No. 3 is one of several former Atlas facilities around Cheyenne that have contaminated groundwater with Trichlor…

December 06, 2014 4:24 pm
Missile Site

Missile Site

Craig Johnson stands outside one of the three Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile launch buildings on his property Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 east of Cheyenne. Atlas Missile Site No. 3 is one of several former Atlas facilities around Cheyenne that have contaminated groundwater with Trichlor…

December 06, 2014 4:24 pm
Powder River Complex expansion decision could be made in February

Powder River Complex expansion decision could be made in February

PIERRE, S.D. — U.S. Sen. John Thune says a final decision on an expansion of training airspace for bombers from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota could come as soon as February.

December 03, 2014 12:40 pm Photos

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Air Force releases study of bomber training zone that would include SE Montana

Air Force releases study of bomber training zone that would include SE Montana

Any given location across a sprawling area of the Northern Plains could see up to nine low-altitude overflights by military aircraft annually under a proposed expansion of an Air Force bomber training area detailed Friday.

November 28, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Expansion of Air Force training area enters 'final step'

Expansion of Air Force training area enters 'final step'

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The proposed massive expansion of training airspace for Ellsworth Air Force Base — a move that many believe will protect the future of the base — has entered a “final step,” according to U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.

November 19, 2014 4:15 pm Photos

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2 nuke commanders fired, another disciplined

2 nuke commanders fired, another disciplined

WASHINGTON — The Air Force on Monday fired two more nuclear commanders and disciplined a third, fresh evidence of leadership lapses in a nuclear missile corps that has suffered a rash of recent setbacks, including the firing last year of its top commander.

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Lawmakers consider missile site as tourist attraction

Lawmakers consider missile site as tourist attraction

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A legislative committee plans to sponsor a bill that could turn a Missile Alert Facility near Cheyenne into a historic site and tourist attraction.

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Big decision looms on Powder River Complex

Big decision looms on Powder River Complex

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Expanding an air force base by about 28,000 square miles is no easy task, especially when it involves four states, pleasing numerous affected parties, and navigating an approval process that takes years.

September 05, 2014 6:30 am Photos

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For Wyoming, defending option offense requires discipline, awareness

For Wyoming, defending option offense requires discipline, awareness

The triple option is a numbers game.

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Woman hopes to return WWII letters to family

Woman hopes to return WWII letters to family

In March, Tara Lee Holwegner-Bertucci, a Billings native who now lives in Reno, Nev., received devastating news. 

August 22, 2014 6:13 pm Photos

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Man arrested for trying to pass Air Force convoy

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A truck driver accused of trying to pass a convoy of Air Force trucks near Cheyenne could face criminal charges.

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Thunderbirds return for Cheyenne Frontier Days

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are back for Cheyenne Frontier Days after missing last year's event because of budget cuts.

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Nuke missile duty: 'It weighs on your mind'

Nuke missile duty: 'It weighs on your mind'

BERTHOLD, N.D. — 1st Lt. Andy Parthum spends his workday 60 feet below ground awaiting the order he hopes never arrives: to launch the most powerful weapon ever devised by man. He is a nuclear “missileer” — an airman who does his duty not in the air but in a hole in the ground.

July 09, 2014 6:38 am Photos

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Key findings in AP nuclear missile corps probe

Key findings in AP nuclear missile corps probe

Over the past year, The Associated Press has documented evidence of security problems, low morale and other troubles in the nation's nuclear missile corps. In response, the Air Force is now undertaking a series of management changes.

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A look at the Minuteman missile, mission, future

A look at the Minuteman missile, mission, future

The Air Force's nuclear missiles have stood ready for war on short notice for more than 50 years. Americans tend to assume the missiles are safe, if they even remember they exist. But safety cannot be taken for granted.

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Why nukes keep finding trouble: They're really old

Why nukes keep finding trouble: They're really old

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — The nuclear missiles hidden in plain view across the prairies of northwest North Dakota reveal one reason why trouble keeps finding the nuclear Air Force. The "Big Sticks," as some call the 60-foot-tall Minuteman 3 missiles, are just plain old.

July 08, 2014 6:39 am Photos

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Missile corps commander says Air Force should empower young nuke leaders

Missile corps commander says Air Force should empower young nuke leaders

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — The key to improving morale in the Air Force’s nuclear missile corps is to put more responsibility in the hands of junior officers and enlisted airmen, the commander of the missile corps said Wednesday.

June 26, 2014 3:12 pm Photos

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Bonus pay is part of Air Force nuke force reforms

Bonus pay is part of Air Force nuke force reforms

WASHINGTON — The Air Force intends to offer bonus money and other incentives to members of its nuclear missile corps as part of a broader plan to fix what ails the force.

June 11, 2014 9:39 am Photos

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Ellsworth training expansion plan could affect small airports

Ellsworth training expansion plan could affect small airports

The oil boom brought Bakken commuting private jets to tiny Baker, but officials say Air Force plans for a South Carolina-sized training area over much of Eastern Montana could quiet the town’s small airport.

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